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Orioles make it through doubleheader without rain but get swept by Yankees

Starters Hess, Cashner both toss six innings

May 16, 2019 - 12:21 am

By Jake McDonnell

After both Monday and Tuesday’s games got postponed and rescheduled due to rain, the Yankees swept the Orioles in a back-to-back Wednesday doubleheader at Yankee Stadium. Baltimore drops to 14-28 on the season, 12.5 games behind the Tampa Bay Rays (26-15) in the American League East.  

Game 1 (5-3 NYY)

The Yankees, who went into Game 1 with an 18 home run total against the Orioles, added four more homers before the game’s midway point. Gleyber Torres (2), Gary Sanchez, and Cameron Maybin had the Yankees leading 4-3 after four innings as the trio combined for four solo shots against David Hess.

Hess came out after six innings with six strikeouts. With four homers hit against him in Game 1, Hess finds himself in some troubling territory in regards to the amount of long balls he’s surrendered.

The Orioles aren’t strangers to this territory either after watching Dylan Bundy allow a MLB-high 41 homers during the 2018 season.

Trey Mancini tied Dwight Smith Jr. for the team lead in home runs in the first inning before the Yankees’ home run party began. Renato Nunez came out of an 1-for-31 slump in the fourth inning when he launched his first dinger since April 23 against the White Sox. Both Mancini and Nunez’s bombs were solo shots.

No runs were scored over the final four-and-a-half innings. With Evan Phillips in the Orioles bullpen as Baltimore’s 26th man for this doubleheader, Brandon Hyde turned to Brandon Kline after Hess got pulled. Kline tossed two scoreless innings and prevented the Orioles from needing to use another arm ahead of Game 2. Hyde and the Baltimore coaching staff had to be happy with that

Game 2 (3-1 NYY)

Torres picked up right where he left off in Game 1, drilling his third home run of the day to put the Yankees up 2-0 in the fourth. The first New York run came in the third inning when D.J. LaMahieu scored from first on a double off Luke Voit’s bat.

Andrew Cashner put together another solid start but unfortunately took the loss in a game where the O’s were limited to one run on seven hits and 12 strikeouts. Over six innings Cashner threw 92 pitches while giving up two runs on four hits, two walks, and seven strikeouts. It was much better than Casher’s Opening Day start at Yankee Stadium when the veteran right-hander exited after four innings with six runs recorded.

Cashner has now gone at least five innings seven times in nine starts. His 4.10 ERA is over a run higher than that of John Means (2.33), but if Cashner keeps going a minimum of five innings through May and into June, contending teams in-need of a veteran starting pitcher will start to call Mike Elias for Cashner’s services.

Game 1 only required one bullpen arm to make it through three innings, but in Game 2 Hyde called upon three relievers to finish the last two innings. Scott Armstrong notched two strikeouts in the seventh inning, and the tandem of Miguel Castro and Paul Fry handled the eighth frame. The only Orioles run came in the fifth inning when Stevie Wilkerson crossed home on a sacrifice fly-out from Hanser Alberto.

Next Up: The Orioles will stay on the road as they will play four games in Cleveland against the Indians at Progressive Field. Each game from Thursday to Sunday has a different start time. Tomorrow’s game begins at 6:10 with Dan Straily (1-3, 8.23 ERA) taking on Trevor Bauer (4-2, 3.02 ERA).

Down on the Farm

  • AAA: Both D.J. Stewart and Jace Peterson collected three hits in the Norfolk Tides 12-3 road win over the Toledo Hens. Stewart drove in two on a triple and a single, and Peterson hit two RBI singles. Mason Williams hit a two-run home run, his sixth of the season, in the top of the seventh. Starting pitcher Tyler Herb worked six innings on his way to the third win of his 2019 campaign, allowing two runs with seven strikeouts. His ERA is now 3.43.
  • AA: The Baysox fell to the Akron Rubber Ducks 5-2 in 11 innings on Wednesday, but Bowie starter Alex Wells pitched seven scoreless innings with seven strikeouts and just three hits and one walk surrendered. T.J. Nichting hit his first home run of the season in the 10th inning, which was actually the first run scored by either team in the game.
  • A: Dean Kremer fanned nine over six shutout innings in the Frederick Keys 1-0 loss to the Wilmington Blue Rocks. Kremer, who gave up just two hits and two walks, has yet to allow a run in 9.2 total innings. Kremer suffered an oblique injury just before the start of Spring Training and is just getting back up-to-speed.
  • A: Along with the Orioles, the Delmarva Shorebirds played a doubleheader on Wednesday. Against the Greensboro Grasshoppers, the Shorebirds won the opening game 3-2 and dropped the second contest 4-1. Robbie Thorburn took the third pitch of Game 1 over the right-centerfield fence for his third home run of the season. In Game 2, Ryne Ogren got Delmarva on the board with a triple that scored Cadyn Grenier.

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